A Unique Approach
"We get involved."
We are Entrepreneurs and Philanthropists
Why are we doing this? Each founding member of Sports Philosophy has been in a corporate job for years chasing clients, money and a career at the expense of a balanced lifestyle and often without enough attention to the issues that affect our world.
In 2014 we set out to change that. With the launch of Sports Philosophy, we established a company that would have a strong corporate social responsibility imprinted in its DNA. The connection to fighting child labour simply comes from our role as a player in the garment industry. Child labour is a persistent issue and we pledge to change that.
Unlike other companies that claim to be responsible or ethical, we don't just give to charity. We have our own charity. That's right! Through the Freedom for Children Foundation, every Sports Philosophy team member is expected to contribute directly to the company's social cause. It is the amalgamation of for-profit with non-profit that sets us apart from others.
At Sports Philosophy we start with a blank piece of paper. Rather than relying on previous research, we do our own. As part of our Freedom for Children programme, Sports Philosophy recruits impact consultants who we send on fact finding missions around the world.
What does an impact consultant have to do? Apart from travelling, we expect our consultants to connect with local authorities and charities involved in the fight against child labour and meet families who are directly affected by the issue. We want to understand the process which children and their families go through that ends in child labour. Are children's futures pre-destined or is there a process that we can brake? Sports Philosophy is here to answer these questions and develop ideas and projects that can make a real difference!
Interested in becoming an impact consultant? We are looking to recruit new impact consultants early 2017. Please sign up to our newsletter to receive updates on our programme or send your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The UrbanLab founders: Niven, Katja & Viyon
UrbanLab, South Africa
UrbanLab is an experimental initiative aimed at fighting urban poverty in Cape Town, South Africa; their goal is sustainable change that can be scaled over time. We were drawn to working with UrbanLab because they start their initiatives by asking ‘what if?’ questions, which can lead to experimental approaches and out-of-the-box thinking. One of the results is an urban gardening project, which the Freedom for Children Foundation is actively funding. Within a concentrated area of Delft South, a community of low-income families will be provided boxes to grow vegetables, which the UrbanLab team has designed. Initially, the project will provide an insight into a useful skill, but the broader aim is to create synergies between families, small-scale trading, and a sense of community.
Why does this project make sense?
In some ways the answer is simple. In order to protect children from child labour we need to think of strategies that help lift living standards in affected communities. Surely, we need to consider the quality of schools amongst many other issues and we will! However, it is an important first step to addressing the issue. For regular updates on this project follow us on social media or sign up to our newsletter.